Silent Hill games not coming to Vita after all

Far be it from us to suggest that Konami has deliberately mislead the gaming public, but it seems that the two Silent Hill games we were promised were coming to Vita are actually… not.

[img_big]center,5120,2010-11-20/SH0_28.jpg,Silent Hill Origins[/img_big]

A few weeks ago, Konami UK announced Silent Hill Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories would soon be available on PlayStation Vita. Turns out, while that might have seemed like both games were getting a Vita remake, or the announcement of a new development, it was instead a poorly-worded bit of PR.

Rather than bringing the games directly to Vita, Konami UK is instead bringing the games to the PlayStation Network, where they are playable on the nearly-decade old PSP – the platform they were released on years ago. Sony’s Vita handheld can play some PSP games via software emulation, so you can see where the trouble came from.

While it’s disappointing enough that the games aren’t getting redeveloped for the new platform, it would have been excusable if they were at least playable on Vita. Problem is: They’re not.

Both Silent Hill Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are now available on the PlayStation Network in various regions (including the UK), prompting gamers to hand over the money and line up a Vita download or two. They were met with the traditional error message: “Cannot download using a PS Vita system”.

[img_big]center,5122,2010-11-20/21.jpg,Silent Hill: Shattered Memories[/img_big]

As if that weren’t bad enough, European fans Silent Hill are dealt a further geographical blow. It is possible to transfer games to Vita from a PS3, so if you owned either Silent Hill Origins or Silent Hill: Shattered Memories on your home console, it should be a simple matter of shifting your purchases over… but you can’t, with a European account and consoles. North America? No problem.

So, horror fans… if you want to play either Silent Hill Origins or Silent Hill: Shattered Memories on the bus, you’ll need to either do it on your PSP or live in the right part of the world. It’s just another way Konami shows its love for you.

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